New Delhi: While the superstars tend to grab the headlines in the Indian Premier League (IPL), it also provides a stage for some virtual unknowns to grab the limelight. This season, a 25-year-old fast bowler, Parvinder Awana, has made quite an impression.
His mother, 55-year-old, Rajpali Awana stays in a single storeyed house in the narrow bylanes of the Harola village near Noida. Life has been a struggle for her ever since her husband Bishambhar passed away in 1999 but things are turning around.
Rajpali and her elder son Ratinder are glued to their 14-inch television set, following the fortunes of her younger son Parvinder, who is playing his maiden season for the Kings XI Punjab in IPL-5.
"He has had a tough life. I want him to succeed in cricket," said Parvinder's mother.
A moment changed Parvinder's life forever. Winning a talent hunt contest eventually paved the way for his debut in the Delhi Ranji team. He caught the eye immediately, taking 12 wickets in five matches that helped Delhi become the champions for the first time since 1991-92.
Since then, Parvinder has had a successful stint in the domestic circuit but the big stage continued to elude him.
Parvinder was initially called up by the Knight Riders, but failed to get an IPL contract. But the big moment finally arrived earlier this season as he landed a deal with the Kings XI Punjab and the Harola boy has justified his selection, making the talent scouts sit up and take notice of his ability.
Success in the face of adversity always makes for a good headline in sports. But Parvinder Awana's world was far away from headlines. All he needed was an opportunity, and now with a bagful of wickets in the domestic circuit and a good showing in the IPL, the boy from the bylanes of Harola might just be a few steps away from the big league.
Surprisingly, Parvinder was overlooked for the India A tour to the West Indies despite a bagful of first class wickets last season. But he is keeping his chin up, ready to face the challenges.